20th Anniversary Celebration

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Immunology. To mark this milestone anniversary, we are organizing several events this fall to celebrate. 

Three anniversary seminars will be held in October and November, each featuring a preeminent immunologist. One will be invited and hosted by our graduate students, one by our postdoctoral fellows, and one by our undergraduate Microbiology and Immunology Diversity Scholars. 

The concluding event is also the cornerstone of our celebration - the 20th Anniversary Symposium. The program will feature our renowned alumni, faculty, and trainees, as well as several local speakers.


Dana Ascherman, MD
Abbe de Vallejo, PhD
Roberta Erickson
Olivera Finn, PhD - Chair
Larry Kane, PhD
Penny Morel, MD
Heth Turnquist, PhD
Thank you to the following companies and individuals for their financial support.
BioLegend - Gold
GeoVax Labs, Inc. - Silver
Olja and Seth Finn - Silver
Meso Scale Discovery - Friend
Oncovir - Friend
Opus Bio - Friend
Penny and Benoit Morel - Friend
Opus Bio - Platinum
Dept. of Medicine - Gold
Starzl Transplant Institute - Gold
GeoVax Labs, Inc. - Silver
Meso Scale Discovery - Friend

20th Anniversary Seminars

Event Location: The Assembly Building, 5051 Center Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA - G Level Auditorium
3:30-4:30 pm
Reception to follow in the Crane Shed Atrium

Friday, October 21, 2022

Michel C. Nussensweig, MD, PhD
Zanvil A. Cohn and Ralph M. Steinman Professor
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Senior Physician
Laboratory of Molecular Immunology
The Rockefeller University
Hosted by Postdoctoral Fellows

Friday, October 28, 2022

Tonya J. Webb, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Program Director, ACS-IRG & DICR
Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Hosted by undergraduates, Microbiology and Immunology Diversity Scholars (MIDS)

Friday, November 18, 2022

Ellen V. Rothenberg, PhD
Edward B. Lewis Professor of Biology
Division of Biology and Biological Engineering
Hosted by Immunology Graduate Students

20th Anniversary Symposium

Friday, December 9, 2022

Event Location: The University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Alumni Faculty
  • Karen Norris, PhD - University of Georgia
  • Hideho Okada, MD, PhD - UCSF
  • Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD - Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Russell Salter, PhD - University of Louisville School of Medicine

Alumni Trainees

  • Vanja Lazarevic, PhD (grad student) - NIH/NCI
  • Julie Magarian-Blander, PhD (grad student) - Weill-Cornell School of Medicine
  • Giorgio Raimondi, PhD (postdoc) - Johns Hopkins
  • Wei Luo, PhD (postdoc) - Indiana University
  • Laura Vella, MD, PhD (grad student) - University of Pennsylvania
  • Heather Conti, PhD (postdoc) - University of Toledo
  • Sherrie DeVito, PhD (grad student) - Harvard